ENGLAND’S Danny Willett set his sights on a place in the Olympics and Ryder Cup after holding his nerve to win the Omega Dubai Desert Classic and take a massive step towards a place in the world’s top 10.
Willett holed from 15 feet for a birdie on the 18th to card a closing 69 and finish 19 under par, one shot ahead of compatriot Andy Sullivan and playing partner Rafael Cabrera-Bello.
Sullivan had also birdied the last in the group ahead to temporarily join Willett at the top of the leaderboard, before Cabrera-Bello narrowly missed a long eagle attempt on 18 and tapped in for birdie to also finish 18 under.
Spain’s Alvaro Quiros and Korea’s Byeong Hun An shared fourth place on 16 under after matching rounds of 65, with defending champion Rory McIlroy another shot back alongside Henrik Stenson after also closing with a 65.
“I’m just ecstatic,” said Willett, who revealed his celebrations would be somewhat curtailed by a 3am flight home to be with his pregnant wife Nicole. “You can’t buy that feeling, coming down the back nine, the last three holes, in contention in a golf tournament. You can’t pay for that experience, you’ve got to earn it.